Posted: Mon April 22, 2013 11:58AM; Updated: Mon April 22, 2013 11:58AM

Italy beats Czech Republic to reach Fed Cup final

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Roberta Vinci
Roberta Vinci and Italy will face Russia in the Fed Cup final.
Alessandro Fucarini/AP

PALERMO, Italy (AP) -- Roberta Vinci put Italy into the Fed Cup final, beating Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic 6-3, 6-7 (2), 6-3 Monday to clinch a 3-1 win in a series that had been postponed a day because of rain.

In front of a sparse crowd - with most visiting fans having traveled home on Sunday - Vinci recovered from 5-3 down in the second set to serve for the match at 6-5. But Safarova broke back to force the tiebreaker, which she dominated.

The 30-year-old Vinci then broke for a 5-3 lead in the third before clinching the victory on her third match point.

The final doubles match was canceled.

Italy will face Russia in the final.

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